Atlantic Blue Marlin

Atlantic Blue Marlin

Class: Osteichthyes
Order: Perciformes
Family: Istiophoridea
Species: Makaira nigricans

Other common names: Blue Marlin

Maximum weight: 900kg (2000lb)

Current I.G.F.A. all time record: 636kg (1402lb 2oz) – Vitoria, Brazil – Feb 29, 1992

Mandible: Curve down but not hooked.

Pectoral Fins: Fins fold flat along the body.

Dorsal fin: Retractable

Identifying features: Back is dark blue with light blue stripes. These stripes consist of small dots and bars. The belly is silver-white. There are no spots on the fins.

Expected temperature range: 70° F to 86° F (21° C to 30° C)

Migration and breeding: Males rarely attain a weight above 140kg (300lb). Females can produce millions of eggs. Very large females are capable of producing over 100 million eggs.

Typical location: Open ocean along continental shelf drop off, ocean mountains and canyons, current and weed lines. Gatherings of bait schools such as tuna, mahi-mahi, and squid are likely Atlantic Blue Marlin haunts.

Fighting characteristics: Very strong and exceptionally fast fish which can test not only the angler and tackle but the entire crew. The capture of a large Blue is definitely a team effort. Usually fights deeper than a Black or Striped Marlin.

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